Maconchy Colloquy for Flute And Piano


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Maconchy Colloquy for Flute And Piano

Maconchy Colloquy for Flute And Piano

Composer: Elizabeth Maconchy
Publisher: Chester Music
Instrumentation: Flute and Piano


Colloquy for Flute and Piano was commissioned by Ingrid Culliford with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain. It was premiered by Ingrid Culliford and Shelagh Sutherland as part of a recital at Wigmore Hall on 2nd June 1979.

Elizabeth Maconchy

Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1987), a highly versatile and steadfast composer, earned praise from British critics who considered her one of the most significant composers in the region. Born on 19th March 1907 in Hertfordshire to Irish parents, she developed her musical passion early, playing the piano and composing from the tender age of six. At the Royal College of Music, she studied under Vaughan Williams, with whom she maintained a lifelong friendship. However, her true musical influences leaned towards the modernism of central European composers like Bartók and Janáček, leading her to complete her studies with K.B. Jirák in Prague.

In the post-war period, Maconchy gained immense popularity as a composer, sought after by prestigious professional ensembles, orchestras, and soloists. Yet, she also dedicated her talents to writing for amateur and student musicians. Her esteemed standing in the music world was evident as she chaired the Composers’ Guild of Great Britain, held the presidency of the Society for the Promotion of New Music, and received the title of Dame of the British Empire in 1987.

Affectionately known as “Betty” Maconchy, she passed away in November 1994.

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